Peregrine Falcons are known for their impressive flying skills. They are master aerialists, flying circles around their avian prey in a pursuit that sometimes culminates in a 200+ mile per hour dive at the end of which the falcon delivers the fatal blow. But these skills take time to develop, and a young Peregrine leaving the nest on his or her first flight shows considerably less airborne talent than one would expect from the species.
One such youngster ran into trouble on Saturday, July 27 shortly after she took flight from a nest ledge on the ship canal bridge in Seattle. That flight ended with her splashing down in the water below, and her parents frantically circling her in a vain attempt to lend assistance. Although the parents could do nothing to help, the commotion they caused caught the attention of a nearby boater who scooped the fledgling falcon out of the water and brought her to PAWS.
Continue reading "A Fledgling Falcon Stops By to Dry Off" »
Northern Alligator Lizards are relatively common in Western Washington, but they are seldom seen due to their excellent camouflage and secretive habits. Their brown, mottled coloration allows them to blend so well with the leaf litter and woody debris in which they live that they become almost invisible to human eyes. They blend slightly less well with pavement though, so when an alligator lizard recently wandered onto the blacktop at a Toys-R-Us in Lynnwood, it wasn’t long before a concerned citizen snatched her up and brought her to PAWS.
Continue reading "That's Not a Plastic Lizard in the Toy Store Parking Lot" »
This fellow looked a little grumpy
when we first met him. But that’s because he was prematurely bumped out of the
nest by his larger siblings, and he had tumbled some 60 feet to the ground. Fortunately,
he was able to slow his fall enough with his still-developing flight feathers
to avoid serious injury. But a city street is not a safe place for a young
Merlin not yet able to fly, so one of the bird’s concerned human neighbors
snatched him up and brought him to PAWS.
Continue reading "A Merlin Family Reunion" »
Two blog posts from earlier this year documented the return of a Great Horned Owl
and two Barn Owls to their respective nest sites. Returning baby owls to their
parents is always the best option, but unfortunately, sometimes the bird’s health
or other circumstances make this impossible. Such is the case for five owls
currently in care at PAWS.
first owl is a young Great Horned who was admitted to the wildlife center on
May 8. He was found on the ground along a popular walking trail in Woodinville,
appearing to be in distress. At PAWS, we discovered that the bird was anemic
and suffering from a blood parasite. He’s undergoing treatment for the parasite
and is recovering well in our care.
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When we first met him, his eyes had not yet opened. Weighing in at a mere 32 grams, he was tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand.
He was frail and dehydrated, having been separated from his mother for some time.
Continue reading "A Weasel Tale" »
Mountain Beavers are common and widespread in Western Washington, but few people would recognize one if they saw it. This is because, for the most part, they are rarely seen. They are quiet and inconspicuous animals, creating burrows in steep ravines and gullies that humans rarely enter. But on May 17, a juvenile Mountain Beaver in Edmonds was anything but inconspicuous as he sat in the middle of the road. Fortunately, a kind human scooped him up before any harm befell him and brought him to the PAWS Wildlife Center.
The young Mountain Beaver was dehydrated and lethargic, but uninjured. The species has a poorly developed sense of sight and hearing, and if they become separated from their burrows and well-worn surface trails, they easily become lost. Found only one block away from prime habitat, that is likely what happened to this Mountain Beaver.
Continue reading "A Wayward Mountain Beaver Gets A Second Chance" »
On June 6, 2012, the PAWS Blog featured a story about the wildlife center’s newest ursine patient. Found orphaned on a roadside in Oregon and weighing in at less than four pounds, this little female was the 78th Black Bear to be cared for at PAWS. She was also heartbreakingly adorable, and a photo of her sitting in a box while waiting to be weighed made national news.
That photo was taken on May 25, 2012. More than a year later, on June 4, 2013, I took another photo of the cub as we were preparing to tranquilize her for her pre-release exam. On that day, she weighed in at 88 pounds, but we had to gather that information while she was sedated rather than simply plopping her in a box.
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